Several years ago, I had an awesome job that included placing college students to live with local, Los Angeles immigrant families. As you might expect, there were the occasional cultural miscommunications.
One in particular stands out in my mind because it illuminated so clearly differences in communication styles. It also struck me because Billy and I immediately saw the experience through completely different lenses.
So I'll lay out the scenario, and you let me know in the comments what you think is going on.
Two American girls are living with a Filipino family.
The two girls are quite messy, though they have kept their mess limited to their shared bedroom.
One day, the woman of the house comes to the girls and lets them know that they are expecting visitors who will want to see the house, including their bedroom.
The girls understand and proceed to shove their mess into the closet, making their room presentable for the aforementioned guests.
A day or two later, the girls learn that no guests are coming. In fact, no guests were ever expected.
The girls call me. They are furious and hurt. The house mom also calls me. She, too, is furious and hurt.
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What's your take on this cross-cultural communication riddle?Image credit: Ye Olde Wig Shoppe